Category Archive: Personal Growth

The fallacy of chasing one’s passion

I love how in the midst of dilemma, we can still look through the internet to see the journeys traversed by those before us and take their advice. I was reading an inspiring… Continue reading

What travel and volunteer taught me about life and money

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on leaving the corporate world to volunteer and the experiences it gave me. It was a lot of jumping points for re-thinking one’s life… Continue reading

How to get things done without breaking down

Have you ever gone through the experience where you have so much to do; the stress takes over and you end up doing nothing at all? For an idealist like myself especially, I… Continue reading

Why I left the non-profit world

The class was silent as they looked at the orphanage director and myself sitting in front of the classroom. “Kak Bel is leaving the orphanage,” Martin, the orphanage director announced. The kids cried… Continue reading

The different flavors of life

“What do you do?” “I volunteer at an orphanage.” My answer usually invites curiosity, slight disbelief or no response. But for the first time today, someone stared at me as if I told… Continue reading

Everyday is a blessing

I was sitting by the dining table and checking my phone when a “BOOM” sound came from the kitchen. I paused, still rather calm. Loud noises were extraordinarily commonplace in my neighborhood, from… Continue reading

Why I travel

In the last few months, I have sang solo on the street for fun in multiple countries, made a fool of myself dancing the Dangdut (type of Indonesian music) in front of 200… Continue reading

How to overcome shyness and have a great time

What the hell was I doing here? It was Friday night; my one month in Thailand had made me restless. I was alone in a hotel lounge I’ve never been to before in… Continue reading

What Dreams are Made Of

It was a night of self-introspection, something which I (secretly, well not so secret anymore now) enjoy. During my childhood and teenage years, I could be said to be a dreamer living in… Continue reading

In My Life

The sad and nostalgic thing about growing older is that you will meet more and more people you care about, some of whom you may not have a chance to encounter again.¬†As one… Continue reading